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The word monomer is derived from the greek "mono" meaning one and "meros" meaning part. A monomer is an [[Atom|atom]] or [[Molecule|molecule]] which acts as a building block which may react chemically with other molecules of the same type (other monomers) in order to form longer chain molecules ([[Polymer|polymers]]).
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See [[Monomer|Monomer]]
 
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A common natural example of a monomer is [[Glucose|glucose]] which forms [[Glycosidic bond|glycosidic bonds]]. The resulting polymers are [[Cellulose|cellulose]] or [[Starch|starch]].
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It should be noted that polymers of smaller [[Molecular weight|molecular weights]] can be referred to as dimers (2 sub-units), trimers (3 sub-units) etc.<ref>Alberts et al. Molecular Biology of the Cell (5th Edition), 2008</ref><br>
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